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Spoilers ahoy.

There have been some major Marvel scoops today. Already we got some details about a potential Planet Hulk story-line in Thor: Ragnarok, but it didn’t stop there. The villain for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 may have been revealed.

Details about the film have been kept tight. We know that both Sylvester Stallone and Kurt Russell are in the film, but who or what they are playing remains unknown. We can make an educated guess towards Russell playing Star Lord’s dad, but who exactly that is remains a mystery.

JoBlo may have gotten us our first solid story details about the highly anticipated sequel, check it out:

The villain is none other than Ayesha aka Her aka Kismet aka Paragon. Yes, she’s gone by many names and had quite a few forms in the comics, but almost always as a blonde goddess-like being. Comic Book Movie broke this back in March, so credit where it’s due, but we can confirm from our own independent sources that the villain in the film is, in fact, Ayesha.

You may be channeling your inner Korath asking “Who?” and I’m here to tell you exactly that. It’s her:

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Also known as “Her”, Ayesha was genetically engineered to be a perfect match for “Him” AKA Adam Warlock (pictured in the article header).

While I’m not 100% what sort of role Ayesha could play in Vol. 2, this has some big implications for the greater MCU. Adam Warlock has been rumored to make an appearance in the MCU for a while now. Warlock has always played a major role in the cosmic side of the Marvel Universe, acting as sort of an anti-Thanos, Jesus type figure.

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Adam Warlock’s appearence has already been foreshadowed in the first Guardians. His birth cocoon (seen above) was previously seen in the Collecter’s vault, and is later seen open in the after credits scene. Many (including myself) once believed that Warlock would in fact be Star Lod’s dad, but that has been denied by director James Gunn. If Warlock doesn’t appear in Vol. 2, I think it’s a safe bet we will see him in Infinity War.

But, back to Ayesha. I’m not overtly familiar with the character, but I think it’s cool that Marvel is going in the direction of a female villain. Iron Man 3 director Shane Black mentioned in an interview recently that Marvel CEO Ike Perlmutter stopped him from using a female villain in his film.

Perlmutter has been rumored to be bigoted, racist, and sexist, and is the reason why we have yet to have a female lead Marvel film. Kevin Feige, Marvel Studios president, no longer answers to Ike, and know answers directly to to Disney chief Alan Horn. This is still a fairly recent shake up at Marvel, and I believe we are now starting to see the results of Feige no longer being bound to Ike.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hits theaters May 5, 2017.

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